Between the Covers

A weekly show featuring interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

Episode Archive

Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

Between the Covers welcomes local author and writing teacher Tom Spanbauer to discuss his new novel, I Loved You More. 

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.

Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Portland author Nicole Mones about her latest novel, NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, which illuminates the pivotal role of African-American musicians in the Chinese jazz age.  Recruited from the depths of the Depression, whisked to the epicenter of Asia’s hottest nightlife, these jazz players found wealth, freedom, and fame beyond their dreams, only to be caught up in the outbreak of World War II. The novel’s Thomas Greene , a classically trained Baltimore piano player, is tapped to lead a Shanghai swing orchestra. Soon success is his, prestige, illicit love with the brilliant and unavailable Song Yuhua… it’s paradise, and he never wants to leave. But war and revolution pull his w

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local author Willy Vlautin about his new novel, The Free.

The book follows the story of Leroy Kervin who has lived in a group home for eight years after being severely injured in the Iraq War. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Willy Vlautin is the author of three other novels: The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and lives in Scappoose, Oregon.

A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

The friendship between Mary and Nix has endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunite for a summer vacation in Greece. It's a trip instigated by Nix, who has just learned that Mary has been diagnosed with a disease that will inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, is determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece is over, the ties between them have unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it's for the last time.  “Ambitious in breadth and scope, this work will appeal to fans of Barbara Kingsolver and those who like being immersed in foreign settings.” —Library Journal

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Chelsea Stephen and Patrick Dixon discuss The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

Illustrator Chelsea Stephen and photographer and writer Patrick Dixon talk about the Fisherpoets Anthology.

Chelsea Stephen is a freelance illustrator living in Portland.

Patrick Dixon is the curator and web designer of IntheTote. He is a member of the organizing committee for the Fisherpoets Gathering. A retired educator, he works as a freelance photographer and writer based in Olympia, Washington

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water, is a seven-book set that is nearing completion. Over 35 poets from the USA, Canada and Japan are represented, with seven interviews of the fishermen and women engaged in commercial fishing along the coasts of the North American continent. 

The Gods of Second Chances, debut novel by local author Dan Berne

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Gods of Second Chances, local author Dan Berne

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Dan Berne.  His debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, is the first novel release from local publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

The Gods of Second Chances is the story of a man overwhelmed by things beyond his control--a granddaughter on the verge of adolescence, a daughter returning from prison rehab, a frivolous lawsuit, and falling for the one woman he can't have--all the while trying to fish his living out of a fickle ocean in the mercurial weather of Southeast Alaska.  It's no wonder one god isn't enough for him--Leigh Anne Kranz 
 

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
 
"The most striking dystopian novels sound an alarm, focus our attention and even change the language. The Handmaid’s Tale crystallized our fears about reproductive control; Fahrenheit 451 still flames discussions of censorship; and 1984 is the lens through which we watch the Obama administration watching us. Chang-rae Lee’s unsettling new novel, On Such a Full Sea, arrives from that same frightening realm of total oversight and pinched individuality. . . . A brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait."—The Washington Post 

Harriet Scott Chessman on The Beauty of Ordinary Things

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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Harriet Scott Chessman talks about her new novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things

The guest is Harriet Scott Chessman, whose new novel is The Beauty of Ordinary Thingsreleased this winter by Atelier26.

Chessman is the author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper and Someone Not Really Her Mother.

The Beauty of Ordinary Things, set in the early 1970s, concerns the unlikely love and friendship between a young Vietnam veteran and a Benedictine nun. The renowned Ron Hansen calls The Beauty of Ordinary Things “a soulful, tender, affecting novel, with complex, searching, sympathetic characters whose situations and plights one deeply cares about."

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Alafair Burke on her latest mystery, "212"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with writer Alistair Burke about her third white-knuckle thriller "212." NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are investigating the murder of NYU student Megan Gunther, who's the target of threatening posts on a college gossip Web site. The death of bodyguard Robert Robo Mancini, whose bullet-ridden corpse turns up in a swanky new building, the 212, built by Sam Sparks, the high-powered Manhattan real-estate developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. When Sam makes it clear that the police won't have access to any company records, Ellie's interest is piqued. As she and J.J. try to piece together Megan's life, they discover a link between the student and a recently murdered real estate agent. With her usual tenacity, Ellie pursues leads that put both her career and her life at risk. Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig's List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality.

Sarah Dunant on "Sacred Hearts," a novel of intrigue in a 16th century Italian convent

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Thu, 04/29/2010

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Sarah Dunant’s research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with Sacred Hearts the lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.

Author Susan Douglas discusses "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done"

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Thu, 04/29/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Susan Douglas about her new book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done. Douglas exposes popular images of women in the media as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there’s nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes—all in good fun, of course. She shows that these portrayals not only distract us from the real-world challenges facing women today but also drive a wedge between baby-boom women and their “millennial” daughters.

Susan J. Douglas is the author of Where the Girls Are, The Mommy Myth, and other works of cultural history and criticism. She is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies and chair of the department at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1996. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Village Voice, and In These Times. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Novelist Susan Stoner discusses her PDX historical mystery: "Timber Beasts"

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Fri, 04/09/2010
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Susan Stoner, author of Timber BeastsStoner , general counsel at Portland-headquartered Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 — worked in her free time to develop a series of historical mysteries set in the Portland of 1902. Now the first published installment is in print, and is garnering favorable reactions from local historians and labor history buffs. Jim Strassmeier, longtime oral historian for the Oregon Historical Society, called it a “unique, genre-crossing novel” that “combines rousing adventure with accurate back-to-the-past details.”

Mystery writer Dana Stabenow: "A Night Too Dark"

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Thu, 04/01/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Dana Stabenow, author of A Night Too Dark, a mystery set in the Bush Country of Alaska.  Stabenow has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. Many of her books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Chris Bohjalian on his novel: "Secrets of Eden"

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Thu, 03/25/2010

On the March 25, 2010, airing of Between the Covers, host Crystal Leighty interviews Chris Bohjalian, the author of thirteen books, including the new novel, Secrets of Eden, a story of shattered faith, intimate secrets and the delicate exploration of the nature of sacrifice.

Author Audrey Niffenegger on "Her Fearful Symmetry"

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Thu, 03/18/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry, a ghost story involving two sets of twins.

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, she is the author of two illustrated novels. She lives in Chicago.

Annie Barrows, co-author of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society"

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, a novel of love and intrigue on an island in the English Channel in 1946.

Mary Ann Shaffer became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there when a thick fog descended and all boats and planes were forbidden to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to lift, warming herself by the heat of the hand-dryer in the men's restroom, she read all the books in the Guernsey airport bookstore, including Jersey under the Jack-Boot. Thus began her fascination with the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Many years later, when goaded by her book club to write a novel, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. She chose to write in the epistolary form because, "for some bizarre reason, I thought it would be easier." Several years of work yielded The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was greeted with avid enthusiasm, first by her family, then by her writing group, and finally by publishers around the world. Sadly, Mary Ann's health began to decline shortly thereafter, and she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish the book.

Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1934. Her career included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, but her life-long dream was to "write a book that someone would like enough to publish." Though she did not live to see it, this dream has been realized in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Annie Barrows, whose career also included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, is the author of the

Ivy and Bean

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The Magic Half

Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

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Thu, 03/04/2010

Writer and teacher Elizabeth Benedict talks about "Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives." She edited the book, which features essays by Elizabeth Benedict * Robert Boyers * Jay Cantor * John Casey * Maud Casey * Christopher Castellani * Alexander Chee * Michael Cunningham * Jonathan Safran Foer * Julia Glass * Mary Gordon * Neil Gordon * Arnon Grunberg * Samantha Hunt * Denis Johnson * Margot Livesey * Dinaw Mengestu * Sigrid Nunez * Joyce Carol Oates * ZZ Packer * Caryl Phillips * Carolyn See * Jim Shepard * Anita Shreve * Jane Smiley * Martha Southgate * Cheryl Strayed * Evelyn Toynton * Lily Tuck * Edmund White

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award-shortlisted Slow Dancing, and The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She has been a frequent guest on such national programs as NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Boston Globe, AARP, Huffington Post, Allure, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, and Salmagundi. Benedict is currently on the faculty of the Columbia University MFA program and has taught writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Swarthmore College. She lives in New York City and Boston.

Kathleen Stephenson hosts.
 

Author Matthew Flaming on "The Kingdom of Ohio," a speculative of science in 1900

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Thu, 02/25/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local writer Matthew Flaming, author of  The Kingdom of Ohio, a speculative about science in 1900.   "The Kingdom of Ohio" is a love story set against New York City at the dawn of the mechanical age, featuring Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and J. P. Morgan."  After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has struggled to deny. The photograph depicts a man and a woman. The man is Peter Force, a young frontier adventurer who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly lands a job digging the first subway tunnels beneath the metropolis. The woman is Cheri- Anne Toledo, a beautiful mathematical prodigy whose memories appear to come from another world. They meet seemingly by chance, and initially Peter dismisses her as crazy. But as they are drawn into a tangle of overlapping intrigues, Peter must reexamine Cheri-Anne’s fantastic story. Could it be that she is telling the truth and that she has stumbled onto the most dangerous secret imaginable: the key to traveling through time?  Set against the mazelike streets of New York at the dawn of the mechanical age, Peter and Cheri-Anne find themselves wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself.

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Timber Beasts

I've read the book twice and rather hoped to hear the program that the author spoke on the book. But that page was not available on your site. Anyway, I loved the book. I thought it was an exciting dose of history. Stoner brought the Portland of  1900 to life. There was intrigue that kept my interest throughout the book.

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I was washing eggs at the farm when this came on. I loved it and looked for it to share with my peeps!

 

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